A dazzling new winter lights festival is now showing in Melbourne. Immerse yourself in interactive light installations, have fun with live entertainment and sip on festival-themed cocktails at Rialto Aglow. This ten-day festival is free to attend, and is running from Wednesday July 19 to Saturday July 29. Find it at the Rialto Piazza, from Collins Street to Flinders Lane and King Street. The festival is on nightly, from 5pm until late.
A mesmerising large-scale projection art work will lead you into the Rialto Pizza, where you’ll find interactive installations from some of Australia’s most exciting public artists.
Wander through Accordion, a multisensory installation from Simone Chua’s Amigo & Amigo Studio (VIVID Sydney, Eurovision). This piece features six colourful archways, each with an interactive pad that can be jumped on to create waves of colour, light and music.
Also from Amigo & Amigo is the light installation, Lunar Lamp Posts. In this 10 x 10 metre piece, the lamp posts are designed in a circular pattern, showing the moon’s different phases around the Earth. There’s over 40 different sounds and lighting animations for you to discover. You’re invited to touch and play with this magical piece. Every five minutes, the artwork will light up and animate to a unique lighting composition and performance track.
Meanwhile, Australian neon light artist Carla O’Brien will also have a range of works on display. Feel captivated by the live instrument installation, Neon Play the Music, then check out the iridescent Double Rainbow Love Heart Archway.
“We are excited to celebrate how the Piazza activates at night with this inspiring and playful new winter festival, creating a sense of illumination and connection in our corner of the city,” said Sarah Herbert, General Manager, Rialto.
On top of the installations and projections, there will be live entertainment every night from 6pm to 9pm. While you’re there, be sure to sip on a cocktail or two, and try some deliciously themed food.
This festival is free to attend. However, booking for any food or culture retailers is advised.